1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Thomas Lister, "Sonnet. To Miss Seward" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (May 1788) 446.



O thou, who know'st to build the lofty lay,
Or wake the tender song, a sweeter die
Boast not the flowers of Greece and Italy
Than thine on Eliott's brow. That glad'ning ray
Which Fancy shed on Milton's darksome way
As rov'd he 'mid the wilds of Poesy
Illumes thy path; — with all the mother's eye
Beaming, she tells her darling where to stray
To cull the fairest wreath. Thy golden lyre
Its charming office done, the Loves shall bring
To grace the Muses bower, where all the choir
In hymns of rapture shall its praises sing;
And to each grove and rocky dell impart
How SEWARD flourish'd in their fav'rite art.